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Feb 1 2013   5:02PM GMT

Moving to 40 GbE: Kiss Cat6 cabling goodbye?

Eugene Demaitre Eugene Demaitre Profile: Eugene Demaitre

Data centers have been using 10 Gigabit Ethernet for years, but momentum is building toward 40 GbE. Who doesn’t want wider pipes for data and faster connections?

Well, you’d be right to be worried about dealing with incompatible drivers and hardware or having to rip and replace Cat6 copper cabling with fiber optics.

Still, numerous vendors support 40 GbE technology, and virtualization and storage needs are feeding the growing demand for low-latency networks. Top-of-rack switches are one way to get around uplink hurdles.

Are you thinking about making the move to 40 GbE? Why not just jump to 100 GbE?

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